Customs in Hong Kong SAR
- Import Procedures
When a cargo arrives at the port, even before the importer has taken possession, the products are inspected and occasionally sampled by the customs authorities. Once approved, the importer collects a “release” letter .
It is to be noted that the importer should file an "import declaration" with the "Customs and Excise Department", within 14 days from the import.
- Specific Import Procedures
- Local importers should buy a licence in case they import products subjected to import duties. A licence should be bought for each import.
- Importing Samples
- An inscription on the product should specify if it is a free sample and that it cannot be sold. The samples can be distributed freely.
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
- Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
In conformity with the status of Free Port, Hong-Kong does not impose customs duty on entry of general goods in its territory. Only some goods are subjected to payment of the following duties:
- Tobacco: tax calculated on the volume.
- Spirits (alcohol 30%): 100% of the CIF value.
- Wines: from 60% of the CIF value to 0% in 2008.
- Beer: 30% of the CIF value
- Petroleum products: tax calculated on both volume and value
For further information visit the Customs website.
- Preferential Rates
- Customs Classification
- Hong-Kong applies the Harmonised Customs System.
- Method of Calculation of Duties
- Hong-Kong applies the Harmonised Custom Systems. The imports are managed by Customs and Excise Department. Due to its status of Free harbour, Hong-Kong does not impose customs duties on the entry of the general goods on its territory.
- Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)
- Moreover, Hong Kong collects a tax of 0.25% of the CIF value of the import declarations of goods.
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